Despite now being losers of their last two games, the Golden State Warriors’ season as a whole has been a resounding success—success that has come about, for the most part, as a result of dramatic improvement from many of the holdovers from last season.
Despite playing in the always-brutal Western Conference, the Warriors have hung around and now find themselves in sixth place in the conference and just two games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the fifth seed in the playoffs.
If the Warriors are to close that gap, the players who have stepped up the most this season will need to continue to play at the new heights they’ve achieved.
Whether it be making the jump from star to superstar or merely making small improvements in multiple areas, many of the stars of this Warriors team have elevated their games this year. The result has been an increasingly cohesive team that looks to be rounding into form at the right time.
In the past, the Warriors would not have been able to overcome bumps in the road like this past week. The extra gear that these players have shown, however, ensures that they can put those losses behind and continue the push toward the playoffs that have been a result of their hard work throughout the season.